Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta

12 June, 2014

Published June 12, 2014
Spirituality Career Ministry Programs Social Retreats

Spirituality

THE BOOK OF RUTH BIBLE STUDY FOR WOMEN: Tuesday mornings, June 10-July 15; 10-11:30 a.m.; Holy Spirit Church, 4465 Northside Drive, Atlanta, in McDonough Hall. The Book of Ruth shows the wisdom of God’s plan for our lives. Ruth, through courage, integrity and faith, was blessed by God. Join this life application Bible study of the Book of Ruth, led by Keri Allen, and learn why it’s important to follow Christ in your daily life, and how your faith and obedience not only bring you blessings, but also bring honor and glory to our Lord. There is no cost and no homework. Contact: info@proclaimmyword.org to register and see the weekly schedule or call 404-281-5741.

SUMMER INSTITUTE OF CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY WEEKEND COURSES: June 20-22 and June 27-29; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Spring Hill College in Atlanta is offering two intensive weekend courses as part of its Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality. The first weekend is entitled “Pope Francis: the Man, Priest, Jesuit,” and will feature Jesuit Father Mark Lewis as the presenter. This course will address the social and family background of Jorge Maria Bergoglio, Pope Francis, and examine some of the philosophical, theological, and spiritual influences that have shaped him. The second weekend is entitled, “Jesus and the Culture of Encounter,” and will be led by Spring Hill director of graduate theology Dr. Timothy Carmody. This course will look at how Pope Francis uses the parables and healings of Jesus to exemplify “the culture of encounter” and will examine a number of these parables and Gospel stories. Courses may be taken as graduate, undergraduate or as an audit. Contact: Roxanne Wilhelm at rwilhelm@shc.edu or 404-255-0503, ext. 229, to register.

COME & SEE WEEK: June 27-July 3; Sisters of St. Benedict, Ferdinand, Ind. Single, Catholic women ages 18-40 are invited to come live with the Sisters of St. Benedict for a weeklong experience, which will give participants an in-depth look at the life of the sister. Visitors will experience prayer, work and recreation and retreat time for personal prayer and faith sharing. Contact: www.thedome.org/vocations, Sister Michelle Sinkhorn at 812-367-1411, or email vocation@thedome.org.

SPEAKER CARL MCCOLMAN: Sat., July 12; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Good Shepherd Church, 3740 Holtzclaw Road, Cumming. Author and speaker Carl McColman, a spiritual director, writer, teacher and retreat leader who specializes in helping Catholics grow in the life of prayer, will lead this event. All are invited. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event. For more information visit the parish website at www.gsrcc.net or www.carlmccolman.com. Contact: Gema at gemafain@gmail.com or 678-333-4829 to register or www.gsrcc.net.

ST. IGNATIUS DAY OF REFLECTION: Wed., July 23; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Event is titled “St. Ignatius and His Companions.” Contact: 404-255-0503 or www.ignatiushouse.org for information.

DIVINE MERCY CENACLE: Every Friday evening; 6-7 p.m.;Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, in the D’Youville Chapel. Contact: Deacon Gerald Zukauckas, spiritual director of the Divine Mercy Apostolate, at GJZDeacon@bellsouth.net.

PATH CARE: There is forgiveness, hope and healing after an abortion. Please know you are not alone. If you or a loved one has been touched by abortion there is help. PATH (Post Abortion Treatment and Healing) is a nonprofit organization that works with post-abortive women and men through Bible studies and Rachel’s Vineyard retreats that help lead to wholeness and healing. Compassionate, non-judgmental, confidential care is available. Contact: Mary Ann McNeil at 404-717-5557 or pathmcneil@gmail.com or visit www.healingafterabortion.org.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY-STONE MOUNTAIN: Wednesdays; 9:30-11 a.m.; Corpus Christi Church, 600 Mountain View Drive, Stone Mountain. Open to women. This is a Lectionary Bible study with lively discussion. The past Sunday’s Scriptures, homilies and insights are discussed, followed by discussion of the coming week’s Scriptures. Meetings offer an opportunity to grow in knowledge of the Scriptures in the contexts of both the liturgy and the Bible. Meetings end with praise and intercessory prayer. Contact: Beedee Soskin at 770-469-0625.

LAY CARMELITES: The Lay Carmelite Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary (historically known as the Third Order of Carmel) is an association mainly of lay persons. Its members, responding to a special call of God, freely and deliberately commit themselves “to live in the following of Jesus Christ” according to the charism, traditions and spirit of Carmel under the authority of the Prior General of the Carmelite Order. To learn more about the Lay Carmelites, visit www.thelaycarmelites.org. Contact: Ann Harry at 770-641-7373.

POWER OF PRAISE PRAYER GROUP: Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.; Holy Trinity Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City, in the chapel of the Faith Formation Building. The group meets for praise and worship, intercessory and healing prayer, and teachings. Contact http://holytrinityptc.org or 770-487-7672.

ST. ANNA CHURCH, MONROE, LAY CARMELITES: Third Sunday of the month; 2:30 p.m.; St. Anna Church, 836 East Spring St., Monroe. Are you being called to be a lay Carmelite? Come and see. Contact: Beverly Sabatino at 770-207-0261 or beverlysabatino@windstream.net.

SECULAR ORDER OF DISCALCED CARMELITES: First Saturday of the month; 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites are “practicing members of the Catholic Church who, under the protection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and inspired by St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross, make the commitment to the Discalced Carmelite Order to seek the face of God for the sake of the church and the world.” Contact: Mary Agnes Larson, OCDS, at 770-908-0652.

SECULAR FRANCISCANS/JONESBORO: Second Saturday of the month; following 8:30 a.m. Mass; St. Philip Benizi Church, 591 Flint River Road, Jonesboro. Are you drawn to the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi? Attend a meeting of the Immaculate Conception Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order. Contact: Sharon at 770-262-8584.

SECULAR FRANCISCANS/CONYERS: Third Sunday of the month; 1:30 p.m.; St. Pius X Church, 2621 Highway 20, SE, Conyers, parish hall, room 13-15. The Spirit of Francis and Clare Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order invites all Catholics, married or single, who would like to learn more about the vocation of being a secular Franciscan. Secular Franciscans are an order of the church and seek to live the Gospel life, following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi. Contact: Charlotte at 770-787-9524 or alesisfo@bellsouth.net.

SECULAR FRANCISCANS/DULUTH: Second Sunday of the month; 2 p.m.; St. Monica Church, 1700 Buford Highway, Duluth, in the Education Center. The Fraternity of the Stigmata of St. Francis, a fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order, invites you to come and see them if you are curious about whether you have a calling to Franciscan spirituality. Contact: Deacon Tom Shaver, OSF, at 770-426-8378 or tomshaver@comcast.net.

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Special Liturgies

ST. JOSEMARÍA ESCRIVÁ FEAST DAY MASS: Sat., June 14; 10 a.m.; St. Peter Chanel Church, 11330 Woodstock Road, Roswell. The celebrant will be Father Bob Brisson. All are welcome. Contact: 678-277-9424.

CELEBRATION OF RELIGIOUS PROFESSION: Sun., June 15; 10 a.m. Mass; St. Francis of Assisi Church, 850 Douthit Ferry Road, Cartersville. The religious profession of Martha Diane “Dian” Hall in the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia will be celebrated in her home parish during 10 a.m. Mass. A reception will take place after Mass in the parish hall. The celebration in the Nazareth Motherhouse of the congregation in Concordia, Kan., will take place on Saturday, June 7. She has been music director at St. Francis Church and at St. Bernadette Church in Cedartown and St. Joseph Church in Dalton. Contact: 770-382-4549.

FIRST FRIDAY/FIRST SATURDAY COMMUNION OF REPARATION VIGIL: First Friday, July 4; 8 p.m.-1 a.m. unless otherwise noted; six Catholic churches: All Saints Church, 2443 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody; Christ Our Hope Church, 1786 Wellborn Road, Lithonia, vigil Mass at 7 p.m.; Mother of God Byzantine Ukrainian Rite Church, 2880 Highway 138, NE, Conyers, vigil Mass at 8 p.m.; St. John the Evangelist Church, 230 Arnold St., Hapeville; St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 75 Park St. North, Dahlonega; and in Polish at St. Marguerite d’Youville Church, 85 Gloster Road, Lawrenceville. Unless otherwise noted, the times for the vigils are 8 p.m. rosary and confessions, 9 p.m. Friday Mass in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, holy hours of adoration and 12:15 a.m. Saturday Mass in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Contact: Diane Guesman at 706-379-2690 or www.allianceoftwoheartsgeorgia.com.

SPANISH FIRST FRIDAY/FIRST SATURDAY COMMUNION OF REPARATION VIGIL: First Friday, July 4; 6 p.m.-1 a.m.; Mision Catolica Nuestra Senora de las Americas (Our Lady of the Americas Mission), 4603 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn. Vigil in Spanish includes 6 p.m. rosary and confessions, 7 p.m. Friday Mass in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, anointing of the sick, holy hours, Benediction and 12 a.m. Saturday Mass in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Contact: Ana de Jesus at 678-548-5940.

ST. IGNATIUS FEAST DAY MASS: Thurs., July 31; 12:15 p.m.; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta, in the chapel. Gather with the Jesuits for Mass to celebrate the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Lunch will follow. Contact: ignatiushouse.org or 404-255-0503 to register.

50TH AND 60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS: Sat.,Oct. 4; 12 p.m.; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. All couples married in 1954 and 1964 are invited to be special honorees at this annual Mass. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will serve as the principal celebrant of the Golden/Diamond Wedding Anniversary Mass. A reception will follow the Mass for the anniversary couples and their families. Space is limited. RSVPs are needed in order for the event to be planned. Contact: http://tiny.cc/anniversarymass to RSVP for this event and for additional information or call 404-920-7620.

BILINGUAL MASS FOR THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK: First Saturday of each month; 9 a.m.; St. Theresa Church, 4401 Prestley Mill Road, Douglasville. Contact: 770-489-7115.

MASS FOR ANYONE IMPACTED BY ADDICTION: Second Saturday of every month; 10 a.m.; Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 1350 Hearst Drive, NE, Atlanta. Mass will be celebrated for those struggling with alcoholism, drug addictions, eating disorders, nicotine, gambling, sexual addiction or any other difficulty with compulsions. All are welcome: those in recovery, those not yet in recovery, adults who grew up in homes with addiction, families, friends and co-workers of those struggling with addition. Contact: Mark Dannenfelser at mdannenfelser@olachurch.org.

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Career Ministry

ALL SAINTS JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP: Sat., June 14, and the second Saturday of every month; 8:45 a.m-12 p.m.; All Saints Church, 2443 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody, in the Health Ministry Building. Some of the subjects to be discussed include: how to develop an achievement-oriented resume; how to develop a unique selling proposition; how to get interviews; and how to interview to get the job. This is a free workshop. All are invited. Contact: Charlie at 770-639-5096.

ST. BRENDAN’S CAREER TRANSITION MINISTRY: Thurs., June 26; 7:30 p.m.; St. Brendan the Navigator Church, 4633 Shiloh Road, Cumming, in the Learning Center, a modular building located behind the church. Everyone who is in a job transition, anticipating being laid off or who wants a job change is invited. Contact: Rick at ricksullivan319@comcast.net or 678-576-3550.

CAREER QUEST AT ST. ANN CHURCH: Tuesdays; 6:30-10 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. Upon arriving, look for signs stating “Job Network Tonight.” Free and open to all. Dress is casual. At 6:30 p.m. speed networking and one-on-one job coaching sessions run concurrently. At 8 p.m. a workshop session is held to provide job seekers with self-help tools and solutions. Contact: 770-552-6400, ext. 6104, and leave a message or email careerquest-sa@comcast.net.

GOOD SHEPHERD JOB SEEKERS: First and third Tuesdays of the month; 7 p.m.; Good Shepherd Church, 3740 Holtzclaw Road, Cumming, in the Parish Life Center. Anyone seeking employment or looking to expand his or her professional network is invited to join. Skill training for networking, resume development and effective interviewing techniques are offered in a group setting and one-on-one basis. Contact: Deacon Ralph LaMachia at 770-887-9861, ext. 16.

HOLY SPIRIT CAREER MINISTRY: First Thursday of every month; 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Holy Spirit Church, 4465 Northside Drive, NW, Atlanta, McDonough Hall. Open to people of all faiths. Mass is celebrated at 6 p.m. in St. Mary’s Chapel adjacent to the meeting room for those who wish to attend. In between meetings, candidates are invited to post their resumes at www.careerministry.org and find more support, assistance and contacts there. Contact: www.careerministry.org.

ST. JAMES THE APOSTLE CAREER MINISTRY: Second and fourth Thursday of the month; 7 p.m.; St. James the Apostle Church, 1000 Decatur Road, McDonough, Education Building. Faith-based networking ministry designed to provide job seekers with tools to locate and have the competitive edge when applying for jobs. Those unemployed, underemployed or at risk or re-entering the work force are invited to attend one of the ministry’s regular scheduled meetings.Contact: John Wolcott at careerministry@stjamesapostle.com.

ST. PETER CHANEL JOB SEEKERS MINISTRY: First and third Monday of the month; 6:30-9 p.m.; St. Peter Chanel Church, 11330 Woodstock Road, Roswell, in the administration wing. Volunteers will assist you in developing a process for conducting your job search. Depending on your needs, subjects include deciding on the type of job you want, selecting target companies, tailoring your resume for openings in those companies, how to use various networking strategies to get interviews and best interview practices. All are welcome. Dress is casual. Resume review from 6:30-7 p.m.Contact: www.stpeterchanel.org or 678-832-1281, mailbox 7023, or jobseekers@stpeterchanel.org.

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS JOB NETWORKING MINISTRY: First and third Monday mornings, 8-9:30 a.m.; second and fourth Tuesday evenings, 7-8:30 p.m.; St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 535 Rucker Road, Alpharetta. All are welcome. Contact: www.sta.org and click on Job Ministry tab.

THE EMPLOYMENT NETWORK (TEN): Tuesdays; 7-9 p.m.; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, Room 135. Ministry offers guidance, coaching and networking in small group settings to help you in your job search to get results quickly. Meetings are free and open to all faiths. Suggested dress is business casual. Topics covered vary weekly and include: resumes, interview skills, networking, elevator pitch, job search skills, hiring strategies and trends, recruiters, resources and tools and more. Visit the St. Brigid website (http://www.saintbrigid.org) for directions. Contact: The Employment Network’s (TEN’s) website (http://ten-sb.wikidot.com) or Michael Iamele at michaeliamele@comcast.net or 404-406-3243.

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Social Events

RED, WHITE AND BLUE USO REVUE: Fri., June 13, and Sat., June 14, at 8 p.m.; Sun., June 15, at 2 p.m.; St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 535 Rucker Road, Alpharetta. Join the St. Thomas Aquinas Music and Drama Ministry for a salute to men and women in the armed forces and sing along with this musical program of iconic wartime songs and popular Broadway music from the era and much more. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the parish office Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Contact: Anne Renkes at arenkes@sta.org or 770-475-4508.

ATLANTA SUMMER ORGAN FESTIVAL: Wed., June 18, 25, and July 24; 7:30 p.m. Celebrating its 20th season, the Atlanta Summer Organ Festival celebrates the ecumenical spirit of music in various Atlanta churches. All concerts are one hour and conclude with a dessert reception. A suggested donation of $15 is requested at the door. Dress is casual. Matthew Owens, organist and master of the choristers at Wells Cathedral in Wells, England, will perform June 18 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. Adam Brakel, organist and director of music at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish, in Spring Hill, Fla., will perform on June 25 at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. Michael Messina, director of music at Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, Ind., and John Cummins, organist and choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., will perform July 24 at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta. Contact: Jennifer Farine at jfarine@ctking.com or 404-267-3678.

EVENTS FOR CATHOLIC LAWYERS: Thurs., June 19; 11:30 a.m. The St. Thomas More Society annual meeting will be held with the Honorable William S. Duffey Jr., judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, as the speaker. Contact: stm-atlanta.org for details.

ICONNECT SINGLES: Members will attend the Eucharistic Congress at the Georgia International Convention Center June 20-21 and “Fireworks and Bruce in the USA,” tribute band concert in Norcross, on July 3. Anyone single and looking for a fun way to meet new Catholic friends, check out iConnect Singles. Join any of the events around the archdiocese. Contact: iconnectsingles.org for information or to request to be added to the email list.

THEOLOGY ON TAP: A CONVERSATION WITH BISHOP DAVID TALLEY: Thurs., June 26; 7-8:30 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta, in Nolan Hall. Hosted by St. Ann’s Young Adult Ministry in collaboration with the Parish Community Activities Department, the event for those 22 and older features a new way of exploring the faith. Enjoy refreshments, beer, wine, snacks, along with a great speaker, good company and lively conversation. Babysitting is available. Contact: Martha Collins at 770-552-6400, ext. 6029, before June 20 for babysitting. Contact: Carmen Lerma, parish community activities director, at 770-552-6400, ext. 6032, for information.

“RESTLESS HEART: THE CONFESSIONS OF AUGUSTINE” SCREENING: Thurs., June 26; 7:30 p.m.; AMC Phipps Plaza 14, 3500 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. Come for the final screening of the movie that recounts the story of St. Augustine of Hippo. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Visit http://RestlessHeartAtlanta.com for tickets. Previous showings were sold out. Contact: Larry Schauer at RestlessHeartAtlanta@gmail.com or 678-770-6400.

ST. MARY’S GOOD SAMARITAN 5K-RUN FOR STROKE AWARENESS: Sat., June 28; 7:30 a.m.; St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital, 5401 Lake Oconee Parkway, Greensboro. The event will raise awareness about stroke prevention and treatment, as well as funds for the hospital’s stroke services. Runners and walkers are invited. Participants and community members can receive free blood pressure screenings and BMI measurements. Information will be available about stroke, chest pain and cardiac catheterization, and assistance with Medicaid enrollment for anyone who qualifies. Registration is $25 through June 14 and $30 thereafter. All pre-registered participants are guaranteed a T-shirt. Contact: www.active.com or www.classicraceservices.com to register or call 706-540-8397.

ICONNECT SINGLES: If you are single and looking for a fun way to connect with others and meet new Catholic friends, check out iConnect Singles. Members are from various parishes throughout metro Atlanta. Contact: iconnectsingles.org.

ATLANTA CATHOLIC SINGLES: Atlanta Catholic Singles is a group for Catholic young professionals in the archdiocese. Join them for various social, service, sports and spiritual events. Contact: AtlantaCatholicSingles.org.

MERTON DISCUSSION GROUP: Fourth Saturday of every month; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; St. Thomas More Church, 636 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, in the St. Julie Room. New members are always welcome. Contact: Robert Kertz at kertz@math.gatech.edu or 404-378-4870.

ORDER OF SONS OF ITALY: Second Monday of the month; 7 p.m.; East Cobb Government Service Building, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. The Marietta Lodge 2607 meets regularly for social and community activities. Membership is open to anyone of Italian descent. Contact: www.orgsites.com/ga/italians or L.J. Benton at 770-928-9314.

ST. BRIGID WIDOW AND WIDOWER SUPPORT/SOCIAL GROUP: First and third Mondays; dinner; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, in Corbett Hall. The group is open to all widows and widowers that would enjoy the dinner meetings. The focus is to provide comfortable social events for those whose lives have changed because of the loss of a spouse. Contact: 678-393-0060, ext. 814 or stbrigidwidowed@gmail.com.

ST. ANN’S WIDOWED HELPING OTHERS DINNER: First and third Wednesday of each month; 6 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta, in Nolan Hall. Join us in a safe, social environment of friendship as we begin our journey after losing our spouses. Contact: 770-552-6400, ext. 6018.

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Programs

2014 WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND: The Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is an experience for couples with good marriages who want to improve and enliven their communication. It is a great way to put the spark back in your marriage and to celebrate your love for one another. Consider “gifting” your spouse with the lasting and profound gift of a Weekend. The Weekends for 2014 are June 20-22, Aug. 22-24, Sept. 26-28 and Nov. 14-16. Please visit the website at www.wwmeatlanta.org. Contact: 404-372-6637.

“MISFITS, MISSION, AND MERCY” FICTION WORKSHOP: Thurs., June 26; 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; Andalusia Farm, Milledgeville. Presented by The Flannery O’Connor-Andalusia Foundation, Inc., and Wiseblood Books, and featuring authors Kaye Park Hinckley and Charles McNair, the workshop will feature both writers giving brief talks on their perspectives. Hinckley will discuss Catholic fiction, Catholic imagination, and the influence of Flannery O’Connor on her writing. McNair will talk on Southern fiction, fiction in general, and magical realism in his novels. Afterwards, a tour of Andalusia Farm will be offered by the foundation, with a suggested donation per person of $5. GPS systems do not give correct guidance to Andalusia Farm, so for directions please visit andalusiafarm.org/andalusia/directions.htm. Contact: aprilmoon@andalusiafarm.org.

PRAYER GROUP FACILITATOR TRAINING: July 11-12; St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4300 King Springs Road, SE, Smyrna. Are you interested in improving your prayer life and helping others with theirs? This training, conducted in a retreat atmosphere, prepares you to facilitate “Lord, Teach Me to Pray” prayer groups in local parishes. The training/retreat and materials are free and open to all. Download the registration form or learn more about the LTMTP prayer series at www.lordteachmetopray.com. Contact: Carol Weiler at carolweiler@cox.net or 504-439-5933, or Father Marty Gleeson at mgleesonop@gmail.com or 504-717-8770.

2014 RETROUVAILLE WEEKENDS: July 25-27, Sept. 26-28. Is your marriage tearing you apart? Retrouvaille can help couples build relational skills and renew their marriage. Contact: www.retrouvaille.org.

PREPARING FOR MARRIAGE: Aug. 16-17; Catholic Engaged Encounter weekend at St. Ann Church, Marietta. Catholic Engaged Encounter is a comprehensive, private, personal marriage preparation experience that helps engaged couples build a solid foundation for their lives as husband and wife. While Catholic in origin, this retreat experience is open to engaged couples of any faith wishing to prepare for a deeper, more meaningful life together. Registration is filling up for the August weekend. If that weekend is not possible, consider the Nov. 22-23 weekend at Prince of Peace Church, Flowery Branch. Contact: www.atlcee.org for a helpful video, registration details, and more information.

CATECHIST FORMATION DAY: Sat., Aug. 23; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Transfiguration Church, 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta. The event, hosted by the North and Northwest Metro Deaneries, is entitled “Teaching the Gift of God’s Forgiveness.” Over 50 workshops will be offered. Featured speakers include Msgr. Patrick Bishop, Sister Patricia McCormack, Father Brian Sheridan, JoAnne Paradise, and Kathy Coffey. Contact: 770-977-1442.

CERTIFICATE OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTION: Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. A Certificate of Spiritual Direction track will be offered this fall at Spring Hill College in Atlanta. It is designed especially for clergy, religious and lay persons with theological preparation who are seeking a deeper grounding in this ministry without necessarily completing a full degree program. There will be 18 credit hours of course work required. Contact: rwilhelm@shc.edu or theology@shc.edu for more information, or call Roxanne Wilhelm at 404-255-0503, ext. 229.

GRIEFSHARE: 13-week program began Wed., May 7; 7-9 p.m.; Holy Trinity Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City, in room 103 in the Faith Formation Building. GriefShare is a Christian grief recovery program for those grieving the death of a loved one. Each session is self-contained, so one is welcome to begin attending at any session. Contact: Gayle Reddy at 770-631-8251 or glreddy750@gmail.com to learn more or register.

GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN: Every second Tuesday of the month; 7:15 p.m.; Transfiguration Church, 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta, room 102. Come share and learn. Contact: Jeannie at 770-919-9275.

GA CATHOLICS AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY: For clear explanations of Catholic teaching on the death penalty and regular updates on opportunities to help end capital punishment in Georgia, the Archdiocese of Atlanta invites you to be a part of GACADP and subscribe to the email list online at http://gacadp.org. Representatives will also schedule a short presentation/discussion on the issue for any parish group. Contact: Deacon Dick Tolcher at 678-758-5678.

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Retreats

MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION RETREAT: June 20-22; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Director Mark Dannenfelser, MA, LPC, will teach the practice of mindfulness meditation (present moment, nonjudgmental awareness) and its application to stress reduction, self-reflection and the mobilization of inner resources to support health, healing, spiritual and personal growth. This retreat will be offered again in November. Contact: 404-255-0503 or visit www.ignatiushouse.org.

UPCOMING RETREATS AT THE MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Upcoming retreats include: “Journey Toward God through Trust and Purity of Heart,” June 20-22 (weekend); “Self Confrontation,” June 27-29 (weekend); and “Writing and Journal Keeping,” July 18-20 (weekend). For information on these and other upcoming retreats, visit www.trappist.net. Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or retreat@trappist.net for a reservation.

RACHEL’S VINEYARD RETREAT: June 27-29. Hurting after abortion? PATH (Post Abortion Treatment and Healing) will be offering a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat that could lead to wholeness and healing. Please register by June 25 for the retreat. PATH also offers ongoing Bible studies. Compassionate, confidential care is available to women, men, siblings, grandparents and friends. Contact: Mary Ann McNeil for details at 404-717-5557 (voice mail), pathmcneil@gmail.com, or visit the website at www.healingafterabortion.org.

FAMILY RETREAT: June 27-29; Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat Center, Ft. Mitchell, Ala. In this family retreat entitled “Sharing the Joy of Christ,” family members come together to enjoy one another and some time for sharing fun and faith. Songs, crafts, prayers, meals, Mass, games and peer group sharing will focus on the fruits of the Spirit. The presenters are retreat house staff and volunteers. The fee is $100 per adult and $50 per child 4-18 years. Children 3 and under are free. Contact: Sister Therese Francis at 334-855-4474 for registration and details.

THE WAY FOR MEN—A HEALING RETREAT FOR ADULT MALE SURVIVORS OF ABUSE: July 11-13. The Archdiocese of Atlanta Victim Assistance Program is offering The Way for Men retreat. The registration deadline is July 3. For more information and/or an application, please contact Sue Stubbs at 404-920-7554 or sstubbs@archatl.com.

FIVE-DAY OR EIGHT-DAY RETREAT: July 6-15; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Choose either a five-day or eight-day retreat duration. Meeting with a private director each day, this retreat offers an opportunity for extended silence and solitude. The number, nature and length of periods of formal prayer will depend upon the ability and needs of the individual and will be determined in conversation with the director. Private room, bath and all meals are included in the daily fee. Contact: 404-255-0503 or visit www.ignatiushouse.org.

QUO VADIS RETREAT FOR HIGH SCHOOL MEN: July 22-24; Camp Gideon, Acworth. Quo Vadis (Where are you going?) is a retreat for rising 10th-graders to graduated high school seniors who are open to considering God’s calling for their lives. It is sponsored by the Vocations Office of the Atlanta Archdiocese. Contact: 404-920-7460 or vocationsatl@archatl.com for information or visit the website www.calledbychrist.com/quovadis.

THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES WITH YOGA RETREAT: July 25-27; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW Atlanta. This is a weekend of learning, yoga, and prayerful meditation. Contact: www.ignatiushouse.org or call 404-255-0503.

YOUNG ADULT RETREAT: Aug. 1-3; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Come break away for the weekend and spend time with God. You will be surrounded by his presence in all things, in your conversations, your walks, good food, good sleep, and good company. This weekend is designed for young adults in their 20s and 30s with a special reduced rate. Register on the web at ignatiushouse.org. Contact: Sharon at 404-255-0503.

“LIVING GOD’S DREAM” GUEST DIRECTOR RETREAT: Aug. 8-10; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Guest retreat director Margaret Silf is a regular columnist for America magazine and author of many titles on spirituality including “Inner Compass” and “Wayfaring.” She travels widely in her work as a retreat director and speaker on Ignatian spirituality. This retreat will explore the power of desire, the art of discernment, the practice of detachment and its application in our daily lives. Contact: 404-255-0503 or www.ignatiushouse.org to register.

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